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March 9, 1990

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A federal appeals court has refused to free Thomas Gioiosa, a onetime friend of Pete Rose who allegedly placed bets for the former Cincinnati manager.

Gioiosa began serving a five-year sentence Feb. 1 on drug and tax-evasion charges.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that Gioiosa failed to present evidence showing that he should be released from prison on bond, pending appeal of his convictions.

Gioiosa, 31, formerly of Cincinnati and New Bedford, Mass., is serving his sentence at the Allenwood federal prison camp near Montgomery, Pa. He was convicted last September of transporting cocaine and illegally claiming Rose’s racetrack winnings as his own income for tax purposes.

Gioiosa was a college baseball player when he met Rose in 1978 during the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training camp in Tampa, Fla. Gioiosa later lived in Rose’s suburban Cincinnati home for five years.

Gioiosa’s lawyer, Martin Pinales, said he was not surprised by the ruling.

″We certainly took the position there was no harm in asking,″ Pinales said. ″It was sort of a longshot.″

Pinales said Gioiosa’s parents would have been willing to offer their New Bedford home to guarantee the bond, which had been allowed before Gioiosa’s conviction.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Sophomore forward Eric Anderson, Indiana’s leading scorer, suffered a possible broken right ankle when he crashed to the floor during the Hoosiers’ Big Ten Conference basketball game with Ohio State.

Anderson, fighting for a rebound, fell to the floor with a minute left in the first half.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore, who came in with a 16.8-point average this season, had scored only one point against the Buckeyes.

He was taken to Bloomington Hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.

Team doctor Brad Bomba said, ″It looks bad.″


CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals have signed their first Plan B player, receiver Mike Barber who was on the roster of the San Francisco 49ers and the Phoenix Cardinals last season.

Barber, 23, a second-year player out of Marshall University, said he visited 10 teams and turned down six others before settling on the Bengals.

Barber spent 15 weeks with San Francisco, six of which were on the developmental squad.

″In Week 15 they put me on waivers to bring up a defensive back,″ Barber said. ″They said they intended to bring me back. But Phoenix claimed me. I spent the last two weeks in Phoenix. I was active, but I didn’t play.″

The Bengals did not go into the Plan B free agent market last year.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Cal State-Bakersfield’s men’s team set two records and Navy’s women moved from third place to first Thursday after the second day of competition at the NCAA Division II men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships.

In the men’s competition, Cal State-Bakersfield held onto first place with 359 points, followed by Oakland University of Michigan in second with 342.5 and Cal State-Northridge in third with 161.5.

In the final of the 200-yard butterfly, Bakerfield’s Andre Bures won in 1 minute, 48 seconds to break the Division II record of 1:49.51 set last year by Wayne Wehrli, also of Bakersfield.

In the 800 freestyle relay, Chris Perier and John Heilbron turned in a time of 6:37.87, breaking the record of 6:39.79 set four years ago by Bakersfield.

Bakersfield’s Kirs Bruggert won the 100 breaststroke in 55.28.

Navy got a third-place finish from Mary Beth Sines in 2 minutes, 5.91 seconds in the 200-yard butterfly to help give the team a two-day total of 175 points, good for first place in the 22-team women’s competition.

North Dakota dropped from first to second with 171 points and Cal State- Northridge, seeking its four consecutive women’s title, is in third with 170.

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